In search of Gaia . . .K.O. Beast
is an anime series created by Satoru Akahori, creator of Saber Marionette J
, with character designs by Takehito Ito, of Outlaw Star
The series started as a three episode Original Video Animation
, which was followed by a four episode sequel.
Thousands of years in the future, the earth is split in two. While the southern hemisphere, ruled by Czar Master, is in another dimension, the northern hemisphere is populated by tribes of humanoids who can morph into anthropomorphized beasts.
Escaping from their human captors, Wan Derbard of the Tiger tribe, Bud Mint of the Bird tribe and Mei Mer of the Mermaid tribe, along with Tuttle Millen from Mei Mer's tribe and a little girl named Yuuni Password, whose scientist grandfather wanted her safely away, seek a mysterious treasure called Gaia. Our companions have with them the Jinns, three statues-cum-machines that combine to form a Humongous Mecha
Hot on their heels are Czar Master's servants V-Darn and V-Sion as well as V-Darn's imp like companion Akumako.
The English version is something of a Gag Dub
: the voice cast added some Pokémon
references. The series was released in America by The Right Stuf International.
K.O. Beast provides examples of :
- Big Bad: Czar Master.
- Big Eater: Wan is often hungry. You gotta feel sorry for Bud.
- Butt Monkey: V-Darn.
- Casanova Wannabe: Bud.
- Cat Boy: Wan can change into a tiger whenever he sneezes.
- Dub Name Change: Wan Dabada (Wan Derbard), Mei Mah (Mei Mer), Mekka Mannen (Tuttle Millen).
- Expy: Wan is one of Baba Lamune
- Five-Man Band (of sorts):
- Gag Dub: The voice cast also worked on Pokémon and introduced some cross-work references.
- Going Commando: Essentially for the first three episodes Mei Mer was going commando beneath her skirt, when seen from the side you couldn't see any part of her panties, but it's justified in the fact that her legs turn into a mermaid tail when she cries or gets wet.
- Harem Seeker: Bud.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Dub!Wan is Yajiro Kojima!
- Hot-Blooded: Wan.
- No Export for You: The first opening and the first ending.
- Little Bit Beastly: Wan, Bud, Mei Mer, Tuttle and the whole population of the Northern Hemisphere. It's only when they transform that they become Petting Zoo People.
- Only Sane Man: Tuttle.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Not only can Mei Mer change whenever she cries or when wet, but her tears can become pearls.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Mei Mer's mother uses one as a greeting.
- Spell My Name with an S: Is it Yuuni, Yuni or Uni?
- Spiritual Successor: To the Lamune & 40 series, same staff and everything
- Tag Along Kid: Yuuni.
- Terrible Trio: V-Darn, V-Sion and Akumako.
- ˇThree Amigos!: Wan, Bud and Mei Mer.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Wan, Bud and Mei Mer again.